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Jazz Journalists Association Announces 2013 Journalism and Media Awards

Willard Jenkins receives Lifetime Achievement honor; JazzTimes named periodical of year

Jazz Journalists Association award for Best Jazz Print Periodical 2013
Amiri Baraka presents the Jazz Journalists Association's Lifetime Achievement Award to Willard Jenkins at the JJA's 2013 award ceremony in NYC

The Jazz Journalists Association announced the 2013 Jazz Awards winners in the journalism and media categories yesterday (June 19) at a ceremony at New York’s Blue Note. The awards follow the JJA’s May 1 announcement of winners in the jazz music and recordings categories.

Hosted by WBGO radio personality Josh Jackson, the event-which honored recipients voted on by members of the JJA-also featured live music by harpist Edmar Castaneda (winner of the JJA’s 2013 Jazz Award for Player of Instruments Rare in Jazz), singer Paulette Dozier with pianist Danny Mixon, and violinist Zach Brock’s trio. A special audio message by Sonny Rollins on the subject of jazz journalism was played prior to the award ceremony.

The awards were handed out in the following categories:

Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism

Willard Jenkins (presented by Amiri Baraka, last year’s awardee)

Print Periodical of the Year

Website of the Year

Blog of the Year

A Blog Supreme (Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR Music)

Best Book About Jazz of the Year
Shall We Play That One Together? The Life and Art of Jazz Piano Legend Marian

(St. Martin’s Press), by Paul de Barros

The Helen Dance-Robert Palmer Award for Writing in the Year 2012

Nate Chinen

The Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for Broadcasting in the Year 2012

Jim Wilke (Jazz After Hours)

Photo of the Year

Lionel Charles Ferbos, by Skip Bolen

Short Form Jazz Video of the Year
Tarbaby-Fanon by Jason Fifield, Slife Productions

A “Jazz Heroes” award was presented to Robbin Ahrold of Century Media Partners, a longtime advocate of jazz who has been associated with such organizations and companies as BMI, HBO, RCA Records and Time Magazine.

JazzTimes is honored to have been selected in the print periodical category for the 13th consecutive year and thanks all of the JJA voters.

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